Career Management Coaching Kaye Avery
Coaching and Professional Supervision
Individual Career Management Coaching and Guidance
Career Management coaching helps people to evaluate, re-align and navigate their work situation to achieve greater levels of congruency and success. The process involves evaluation of skills and aptitudes, personality preferences, values, interests and aspirations to clarify career direction, goals and objectives. Coaching helps people to increase self-awareness, navigate workplace dynamics and negotiate change. It can make a real difference to job satisfaction and performance.
Career coaching sessions are tailored to suit each individual and the outcomes they want from the process. 3–6 sessions are normally required. Sessions are structured to form a well–rounded and outcome orientated process.
Individual Career Coachingand Guidance
Career coaching sessions could include all or just some of the following:
An initial session to explore career history, personal insights, issues and themes to establish a programme to suit.
Personality profiling – on-line assessments are invaluable for getting clear about preferences and traits which help understand personality development and career potential.
An exploration of career motivators and interests, personal values and achievements to establish strengths and ‘best-fit’ scenarios.
Creating a Gap analysis between ‘desired’ state and ‘current experience’ from a whole-of-life perspective from which helps to establish holistic development goals.
Synthesising learning and insights and clarifying goals and steps.
3–6 sessions are normally required. Sessions are structured to form a well–rounded and outcome orientated process.
Workplace coaching provides neutral and supportive ‘sponsoring’ of an employee to help them overcome performance or interpersonal challenges that hinder career scope or risk job tenure. It explores aspirations and values to find better congruence, job alignment and workplace effectiveness. The process can include content similar to the individual career management coaching modules such as Personality profiling and the outcome focus provides opportunities for the participant to synthesise their learning, to make decisions for moving forward and to clarify their development goals.
Professional Supervision for managers and people who do ‘people work’ is essential and often a requirement for membership of any ethics-based professional body concerned with the health and well-being of the public or employees. Supervision offers practitioners:-
The provision of reflective space
Increased effectiveness of practice
Feeling supported in the work
Increased capacity to deal with difficult situations
Assistance in processing feelings about clients, employees or situations
As a provider of supervision I work on the assumption that my client or Supervisee knows their situation best and therefore drives their own process and learning at the pace that suits them. See more
When people move into new roles and increased responsibilities they typically experience a major and sometimes unnerving adjustment. Mentoring support during the first 4-6 months significantly enhances adjustment success. Self-awareness is improved and older habitual adjustment behaviours dispelled. e.g. Overworking, low confidence, relationship conflict.
Having highly confidential, one on one support empowers the participant to adjust gradually, enhance performance and develop productive relationships quickly.
It has been a real pleasure attending the sessions with you. The sessions were very insightful and you’ve been amazing. Thank you for helping validate the decisions I have made re next steps forward for my career.
Whatever happens, I’m feeling so much more positive and excited about the future, which is something I haven’t felt in a long time. Thank you so much for your help.
Anna , PhD
Hi Kaye, Just wanted to let you know I was appointed as XXXXX for the XXX, and started work yesterday.
Thanks for all your help and feedback. It was great to spend time thinking through my values and drivers before embarking on new chapter and going back to work again.
Thanks for your expert guidance and patience working with me to develop a plan for the next stage of my life.
I now feel that I have more clarity with my goals and a realistic programme to achieve those goals.
Your achievements with me are an inspiration.
What Makes a Good Career Coach?
Organisations and individuals who use the services of career practitioners and coaches come to us with a very different set of challenges than they did 5 years ago. People are now dealing with enormous amounts of complexity.
Career work now requires greater process skill with clients in order to enable the levels of self-awareness and confidence they need for coping and responding to the challenges they face now. When looking for a career coach or mentor who could do this with you or for your employee look for one with the following qualities:-
has an ‘authentic’ approach and will tell you whether their process and experience can help you/your employee to meet your objectives
has a strong understanding of the world of work experience yet who has a ‘holistic’ or ‘whole-person’ approach
has skills to stimulate storytelling with reflective listening to pick up on themes and context dynamics from those stories
whose experience and knowledge opens up worlds of possibility for you – if possible, appropriate to your field
has an ability to ‘facilitate’ or ‘enable’ your understanding rather than ‘telling’ or ‘advising’ too much
Best of all get a recommendation from someone who was empowered by the experience to make change. Someone who developed a whole new level of understanding about who they are in the world and what is possible for them in life/career/learning as a result of the process they went through with the coach.